Capitalizing on community music: a case study of the manifestation of social capital in a community choir

Barrett, Margaret S. and Langston, Thomas W. (2008) Capitalizing on community music: a case study of the manifestation of social capital in a community choir. Research Studies in Music Education, 30 2: 118-138. doi:10.1177/1321103X08097503

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Author Barrett, Margaret S.
Langston, Thomas W.
Title Capitalizing on community music: a case study of the manifestation of social capital in a community choir
Journal name Research Studies in Music Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1321-103X
1834-5530
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1321103X08097503
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 118
End page 138
Total pages 21
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publication
Language eng
Subject 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
950101 Music
Abstract There is an extensive literature on social capital and its generation and use in communities, but less is known about the ways in which social capital is manifested in community music settings. The literature suggests that social capital is evidenced through a range of `indicators', including trust, community and civic involvement, and networks. This article reports the findings of a research project that examined the manifestation of social capital in a community choir in regional Tasmania. The study employed multiple data-generation methods including survey, field notes, and artefact-elicited, semi-structured interviews in a qualitative interpretive case study design. An analysis of narrative approach was used to interrogate data generated with the 27 members (the Tutti) of the `Milton' Community Choir, and to identify those social capital indicators present. Through analyses of these data, findings suggest that the social capital indicators identified in the literature, specifically those of shared norms and values, trust, civic and community involvement, networks, knowledge resources, and contact with families and friends are present in the community choir. Further, a previously unemphasized social capital indicator, that of fellowship, is identified as a key component in fostering group cohesion and social capital development in the community choir.
Keyword Analysis of narratives
Artefact elicitation
Fellowship
Qualitative
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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